Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities
Research, tools and commentary on our federally funded, groundbreaking collaborative spanning 30 Minnesota communities from 2010 to 2013.
The Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) project was a multi-sector, comprehensive approach to rural Minnesota broadband adoption. In 2010, the MIRC coalition, comprised of 30 partners, was awarded $4.8 million from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant — a program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. MIRC-related work was completed spring 2013, and while the federal funding may be gone the work goes on at the community level and through the Blandin Broadband Communities program.
Communities looking to expand broadband in their area are welcome to use the following MIRC Broadband tools and documents
Access to Computers
- Digital Literacy: basic computer, email, word processing. Available in English or Somali
- Doing Business Online
- Training Minnesota Businesses to Thrive Online
Examples of Community Projects
- MIRC demonstration community project matrix
- MIRC Partners Map
- Northwest Technology Partnership
- Living Connected in Benton County
- MIRC in the News (via Blandin on Broadband blog)
Reports & Lessons Learned